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David Elebert leaves Shamrock Rovers for Derry

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 13:37 | Comments

Collins: 'It's great to have David on board'
Collins: 'It's great to have David on board'

Derry City manager Roddy Collins has signed David Elebert from Shamrock Rovers.

Elebert becomes Collins’ seventh signing since taking charge at the Brandywell.

The 27-year-old Dubliner started his playing career at Preston North End before he moved to Hamilton Academical in Scotland – scoring eight goals in over 100 appearances for the club.

Elebert then spent last season at Shamrock Rovers but was hampered by injury and made only 10 appearances for the Tallaght side.

Speaking after signing, Elebert said: "I am very happy that I have signed for Derry City, since I arrived in the training camp last week the lads have made me feel very welcome and that's been a great help.

"David has come into the squad and got stuck in straight away which is very pleasing" - Roddy Collins

“Obviously I had a season that was hampered by injury last year, which if the truth be told was unusual for me as I have never really had any trouble with injuries in the past. Like every player, you want to play first team football and I found it by hard last year not featuring as much as I would have liked.

“Due to this I have been working by myself to get my pre-season fitness up and I'm almost there now. Now that I have signed for Derry I'm really looking forward to get going, and fingers crossed we can get some silverware this year."

Collins said: "It's great to have David on board. Pierce (Lafferty) and Michael (Hegarty) have worked with David since he came in and the lads put him through his medical yesterday which he flew through.

“David missed out on a lot of game time last season due to injury, but I'm very happy that they are all behind him now. Like most of my signings to date, David has come into the squad and got stuck in straight away which is very pleasing.

“Before he joined up with the rest of the lads I spoke to people who managed and played with him in Scotland and they couldn't speak highly enough of him. I feel that David will bring a lot of quality and experience to the squad as well as some versatility as he can be used in central defence as well as at right back."

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